Finland 1 - 0 Republic of Ireland | 2021 - UEFA Nations League | 2030072

UEFA Nations LeagueGroup Stage | Helsinki Olympic Stadium, Finland
14 October 2020 - 19:00 (local time)

Finland 1 - 0 Republic of Ireland

Jensen(66) Full-time
Finland Republic of Ireland

Report | Finland 1-0 Ireland

Republic of Ireland went down to a 1-0 defeat to Finland in Helsinki in their fourth UEFA Nations League group game.
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14th Oct 2020

A second-half strike by Fredrik Jenson was the difference between the two teams in a game where Stephen Kenny’s men were denied numerous times by the home side’s goalkeeper Lukas Hradecky.

The Ireland manager made four changes to the starting XI that drew with Wales on Sunday afternoon with West Bromwich Albion’s Dara O’Shea making his senior Ireland debut. Sean Maguire, Daryl Horgan and the returning Aaron Connolly also started the game.

The first clear chance of the match fell for Ireland in the 12th minute. Maguire got down the left and found Horgan in the centre of the box, he laid it off to Jeff Hendrick whose goal-bound effort was blocked.

Connolly, who was a continued threat throughout the game, looked to test Hradecky’s goal with two long-range efforts but neither troubled the Finland stopper.

The home side had two big chances just before half-time. Teemu Pukki flashed an effort across Darren Randolph's goal on 36 minutes then the Norwich City forward went close again, this time his effort hitting the side netting.

Ireland started the second half the brighter team. Jayson Molumby managed to break down the right and he crossed for Horgan however the Wycombe Wanderers winger couldn’t get a flick to turn it goalwards. Minutes later Ireland counter attacked through Connolly who drove at the Finnish backline and fired off an effort that was well stopped by Hradecky.

Still Ireland pushed forward and they struck the crossbar in the 63rd minute. Enda Stevens found himself in space in the Finnish area and his flicked effort beat the goalkeeper but not the crossbar. A minute later it was the turn of Ireland’s other full-back to go close, this time Doherty running onto a pass and drilling a ball just wide.

But it was Finland who took the lead in the 66th minute through Jensen. Pukki reacted quickest to Randolph’s goal kick when he stole the ball, squared it across goal and Jensen was able to turn the ball over the line to give the hosts a 1-0 lead.

Connolly had another chance on the Finland goal. He was left in space and was able to turn and get a shot away but again was thwarted by Hradecky.

With five minutes remaining Derby County's Jason Knight was introduced for Molumby and made his first Ireland senior appearance.

As Ireland pushed for an equaliser they were denied twice by Hradecky late on. First he produced a finger-tip save to flick over a Doherty header, then in the final moments he somehow managed to get down to his right to palm away a Ronan Curtis header that looked to be heading for the bottom corner.

Speaking after the game Ireland Manager Stephen Kenny said: “It’s disappointing to lose the game. Matt Doherty had a header over the bar and he shot wide, Aaron Connolly had two efforts, Enda Stevens hit the bar and Ronan Curtis came close, and that was only in the last half-an-hour.

“Overall the players showed their undoubted commitment by pushing right to the end and continuously pushing for that equaliser and showed a fair bit of quality. Maybe our finishing let us down but the goalkeeper Hradecky played really well. 

“The young players who have come in have shown a good mentality and I’d be optimistic they’ll go on and be important players for Ireland.”

Finland: Hradecky (GK); Granlund, Uronen, Arajuuri, Toivio;  Kamara (Schüller, 75), Sparv (C) Taylo, Soiri (Niskanen, 46);  Jensen, Pukki.

Unused substitutes: Joronen (GK), Mäenpää (GK), Ojala, Karjalainen, Väisänen, Pirinen, Alho, Kauko, Pohjanpalo, Raitala.

Republic of Ireland: Randolph (GK), Doherty, Stevens, Duffy (C), O'Shea; Hourihane, Hendrick (Idah, 75), Molumby (Knight, 84); Horgan (Curtis, 75), Maguire (Brady ,53), Connolly.

Unused substitutes: Travers (GK), Kelleher (GK), K. Long, S. Long, Cullen, Manning, Christie.

Referee: Lionel Tschudi (SUI) 

Tactical Lineups

Finland

1 Hradecky (G) 2 Arajuuri 3 Granlund 4 Toivio 6 Kamara 8 Taylor 9 Jensen 10 Pukki 13 Soiri 14 Sparv (C) 18 Uronen

Substitutes

  • 12 Jesse Joronen (G)
  • 23 Niki Mäenpää (G)
  • 5 Juhani Ojala
  • 7 Rasmus Karjalainen
  • 11 Rasmus Schüller
  • 15 Leo Väisänen
  • 16 Juha Pirinen
  • 17 Nikolai Alho
  • 19 Joni Kauko
  • 20 Joel Pohjanpalo
  • 21 Ilmari Niskanen
  • 22 Jukka Raitala

Republic of Ireland

23 Randolph (G) 2 Doherty 3 Stevens 4 Duffy (C) 6 Hourihane 7 Connolly 8 Maguire 11 Horgan 13 Hendrick 15 O'Shea 22 Molumby

Officials

  • Referee Lionel Tschudi
  • Assistant Referee Sladan Josipović
  • Assistant Referee Matthias Sbrissa
  • 4th Referee Lukas Fähndrich
  • Uefa Delegate Michal Mertinyak
  • Referee Observer Marian Ruzbarsky
  • Mārtiņs Hartmanis
  • Kai Mikael Erävuori
  • Sami Nykänen

Minute by Minute Commentary

  • The match is under way.
  • 5" Robert Taylor (Finland) is penalised for a foul on Matt Doherty (Republic of Ireland).
  • 6" Matt Doherty (Republic of Ireland) takes the free-kick.
  • 10" Jayson Molumby (Republic of Ireland) gives away a free-kick for a challenge on Jere Uronen (Finland).
  • 11" Paulus Arajuuri (Finland) takes the free-kick.
  • 12" Seán Maguire (Republic of Ireland) is flagged for offside.
  • 12" Joona Toivio (Finland) takes the free-kick.
  • 13" Albin Granlund (Finland) fouls.
  • 13" Conor Hourihane (Republic of Ireland) takes the free-kick.
  • 13" Jeff Hendrick (Republic of Ireland) has a shot blocked.
  • 13" Jere Uronen (Finland) blocks a shot.
  • 16" Glen Kamara (Finland) has an effort on goal.
  • 16" Darren Randolph (Republic of Ireland) blocks a shot.
  • 18" Conor Hourihane (Republic of Ireland) takes the corner.
  • 18" Dara O'Shea (Republic of Ireland) is penalised for a foul on Joona Toivio (Finland).
  • 18" Lukas Hradecky (Finland) takes the free-kick.
  • 20" Aaron Connolly (Republic of Ireland) gives away a free-kick for a challenge on Albin Granlund (Finland).
  • 21" Lukas Hradecky (Finland) takes the free-kick.
  • 24" Teemu Pukki (Finland) has a shot blocked.
  • 24" Matt Doherty (Republic of Ireland) blocks a shot.
  • 24" Robert Taylor (Finland) delivers the corner.
  • 24" Seán Maguire (Republic of Ireland) fouls.
  • 25" Glen Kamara (Finland) takes the free-kick.
  • 26" Tim Sparv (Finland) is penalised for a foul on Aaron Connolly (Republic of Ireland).
  • 28" Shane Duffy (Republic of Ireland) is adjudged to be in an offside position.
  • 28" Lukas Hradecky (Finland) takes the free-kick.
  • 28" Seán Maguire (Republic of Ireland) gives away a free-kick for a challenge on Tim Sparv (Finland).
  • 29" Joona Toivio (Finland) takes the free-kick.
  • 29" Aaron Connolly (Republic of Ireland) has an effort on goal.
  • 29" Lukas Hradecky (Finland) blocks a shot.
  • 30" Aaron Connolly (Republic of Ireland) misses the target.
  • 35" Albin Granlund (Finland) fouls.
  • 36" Conor Hourihane (Republic of Ireland) takes the free-kick.
  • 37" Teemu Pukki (Finland) misses the target.
  • 39" Teemu Pukki (Finland) is penalised for a foul on Conor Hourihane (Republic of Ireland).
  • 39" Conor Hourihane (Republic of Ireland) takes the free-kick.
  • 42" Fredrik Jensen (Finland) gives away a free-kick for a challenge on Jayson Molumby (Republic of Ireland).
  • 42" Fredrik Jensen (Finland) is cautioned by the referee.
  • 42" Conor Hourihane (Republic of Ireland) takes the free-kick.
  • 44" Teemu Pukki (Finland) misses the target.
  • The referee blows for half-time.
  • The second half begins.
  • 46" Ilmari Niskanen (in) - Pyry Soiri (out) (Finland)
  • 46" Paulus Arajuuri (Finland) fouls.
  • 46" Jayson Molumby (Republic of Ireland) takes the free-kick.
  • 46" Seán Maguire (Republic of Ireland) is penalised for a foul on Joona Toivio (Finland).
  • 47" Joona Toivio (Finland) takes the free-kick.
  • 48" Dara O'Shea (Republic of Ireland) gives away a free-kick for a challenge on Fredrik Jensen (Finland).
  • 48" Glen Kamara (Finland) takes the free-kick.
  • 49" Ilmari Niskanen (Finland) fouls.
  • 49" Conor Hourihane (Republic of Ireland) takes the free-kick.
  • 51" Matt Doherty (Republic of Ireland) is penalised for a foul on Robert Taylor (Finland).
  • 51" Glen Kamara (Finland) takes the free-kick.
  • 53" Robbie Brady (in) - Seán Maguire (out) (Republic of Ireland)
  • 53" Matt Doherty (Republic of Ireland) gives away a free-kick for a challenge on Robert Taylor (Finland).
  • 54" Tim Sparv (Finland) takes the free-kick.
  • 54" Aaron Connolly (Republic of Ireland) fouls.
  • 55" Tim Sparv (Finland) takes the free-kick.
  • 57" Glen Kamara (Finland) has a shot blocked.
  • 57" Matt Doherty (Republic of Ireland) blocks a shot.
  • 60" Ilmari Niskanen (Finland) has a shot blocked.
  • 60" Dara O'Shea (Republic of Ireland) blocks a shot.
  • 60" Robert Taylor (Finland) takes the corner.
  • 64" Enda Stevens (Republic of Ireland) misses the target.
  • 65" Matt Doherty (Republic of Ireland) misses the target.
  • 66" Fredrik Jensen (Finland) scores!
  • 72" Jere Uronen (Finland) handles the ball.
  • 72" Shane Duffy (Republic of Ireland) takes the free-kick.
  • 74" Aaron Connolly (Republic of Ireland) has an effort on goal.
  • 74" Lukas Hradecky (Finland) blocks a shot.
  • 74" Fredrik Jensen (Finland) is flagged for offside.
  • 75" Ronan Curtis (in) - Daryl Horgan (out) (Republic of Ireland)
  • 75" Adam Idah (in) - Jeff Hendrick (out) (Republic of Ireland)
  • 75" Rasmus Schüller (in) - Glen Kamara (out) (Finland)
  • 76" Darren Randolph (Republic of Ireland) takes the free-kick.
  • 76" Albin Granlund (Finland) is penalised for a foul on Aaron Connolly (Republic of Ireland).
  • 77" Dara O'Shea (Republic of Ireland) gives away a free-kick for a challenge on Fredrik Jensen (Finland).
  • 77" Lukas Hradecky (Finland) takes the free-kick.
  • 79" Tim Sparv (Finland) fouls.
  • 80" Robbie Brady (Republic of Ireland) takes the free-kick.
  • 80" Aaron Connolly (Republic of Ireland) is shown a yellow card.
  • 81" Joel Pohjanpalo (in) - Teemu Pukki (out) (Finland)
  • 81" Joona Toivio (Finland) is penalised for a foul on Aaron Connolly (Republic of Ireland).
  • 82" Conor Hourihane (Republic of Ireland) takes the free-kick.
  • 82" Robbie Brady (Republic of Ireland) delivers the corner.
  • 82" Shane Duffy (Republic of Ireland) misses the target.
  • 83" Jason Knight (in) - Jayson Molumby (out) (Republic of Ireland)
  • 86" Joni Kauko (in) - Fredrik Jensen (out) (Finland)
  • 86" Jukka Raitala (in) - Albin Granlund (out) (Finland)
  • 86" Jere Uronen (Finland) gives away a free-kick for a challenge on Robbie Brady (Republic of Ireland).
  • 87" Matt Doherty (Republic of Ireland) has an attempt on goal.
  • 87" Lukas Hradecky (Finland) blocks a shot.
  • 87" Robbie Brady (Republic of Ireland) takes the corner.
  • 87" Conor Hourihane (Republic of Ireland) delivers the corner.
  • 88" Robbie Brady (Republic of Ireland) takes the corner.
  • 90+1" Ronan Curtis (Republic of Ireland) has an effort on goal.
  • 90+1" Lukas Hradecky (Finland) blocks a shot.
  • 90+2" Conor Hourihane (Republic of Ireland) delivers the corner.
  • 90+2" Enda Stevens (Republic of Ireland) misses the target.
  • 90+4" Robbie Brady (Republic of Ireland) fouls.
  • 90+4" Lukas Hradecky (Finland) takes the free-kick.
  • 90+4" Joel Pohjanpalo (Finland) is adjudged to be in an offside position.
  • 90+5" Dara O'Shea (Republic of Ireland) takes the free-kick.
  • The final whistle is blown.

Match Statistics

  • Finland
  • Republic of Ireland

Corners Won

2 6

Shots on Target

2 4

Shots off Target

2 5

Fouls Committed

13 12
  • Finland

    Republic of Ireland

  • 1Goals0
  • 1Yellow Card(s)1
  • 0Red Card(s)0
  • 2Shots on Goal4
  • 2Shots Wide5
  • 3Shot(s) Blocked1
  • 5Save(s)4
  • 7Total Shots10
  • 13Fouls Committed12
  • 2Corner(s)6
  • 2Offside(s)2